SB 169: Opening The Flood Gates of SPED
SB 169 is a bill proposal in Nevada that will allow Other Health Impairment (a disability eligibility category for special education services) to now include "Developmental Trauma." This trauma is defined as, "an adaptive response to one or more distressing events such as: child abuse or neglect, homelessness, poverty, sexual abuse, racism or violence in the community of the pupil." These events must impair the academic performance of a pupil by affecting the emotional, mental or physical development of language and literacy skills." Approval of SB 169 will open the flood gates for special education, especially at the hands of legal aides, educational advocates, and teachers that do not have a full understanding of how special education operates. SB 169 will result in more Black and Brown children being referred and labeled with special education, which will further the disproportionate rates of global majority children being referred for special education services. Instead, our focus should be on establishing restorative and therapeutic programs; not labeling children that are already faced with a mountain of problems. SB 169 is too vague and subjective, and will cause more damage to certain populations than good. Say NO to SB 169.